10 Must-Try Lunch & Dessert Spots in Atlanta
From dishes made with locally-sourced ingredients and excellent vegetarian options to amazing pizza and burgers, these unique Atlanta eateries won’t disappoint. Sample modern American cuisine, savor Thai and Asian cuisine with Southern influences, or order a creative sandwich with a glass of wine or beer. End the meal with a tempting chocolate cake or a homemade gelato before heading out to explore the sights. Photo: luciano mortula/Fotolia
»Seed Kitchen & Bar
Located in a prime spot at Merchant's Walk in East Cobb, Seed Kitchen & Bar is a contemporary neighborhood restaurant, serving modern American cuisine created with locally-sourced ingredients in a stylish, yet inviting atmosphere. Visitors to Seed are welcomed with signature dishes such as pimento cheese crostinis topped with country ham and apple, or perfectly cooked North Carolina flounder served with caramelized Brussels sprouts, roasted cauliflower, and Thai herb vinaigrette. The restaurant also boasts an impressive boutique wine program that features hand-selected wines; vintage and new-age cocktails mixed by professional mixologists; and both local and international craft beers on tap. Read more
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Poor Calvin's is a welcoming haven in the bustling area of downtown Atlanta serving a unique fusion of Thai and Asian cuisine with distinct Southern accents. The cuisine is created by Vietnamese-born Chef Calvin Phan who trained in Germany and brings his perspective of international culinary fusion to the front line of Poor Calvin’s. The quaint eatery serves up an innovative fusion of exotic Eastern flavors and Western techniques prepared from only the freshest ingredients. Showstoppers include steamed seared chicken dumplings and fried duck rolls. A variety of menus are served ranging from brunch, dinner and a market menu, as well as a signature dessert menu with house-made delights like the Suspension Cake and Fuji Apple. Poor Calvin's serves some of the best lunch in Atlanta. Phone: 404-254-4051
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Taking Atlanta’s growing Westside dining scene by storm, Bocado offers a seasonal menu of contemporary American cuisine accompanied by an extensive wine list of boutique wines, craft beer, and classic cocktails. Voted as “one of Atlanta’s best new restaurants,” Bocado has been designed in a chic, minimalist way to echo the vibe of West Midtown’s “industrial” feel with a menu of small plates and creative entrées that does the same. The lunch menu leans towards innovative sandwiches and sides while the dinner menu showcases small, Spanish-inspired tapas plates and locally sourced, seasonal staple, such as Maine lobster rolls and seared trout. Phone: 404-815-1399
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Café Sunflower serves an eclectic array of vegetarian dishes from around the world and caters to particular palates which include dairy-free, gluten-free and meat-free. While the menu includes both vegetarian and vegan meals, it focuses on the latter with signature dishes such as grilled coconut polenta Napoleon, oven-baked stuffed acorn squash, and a macro stir-fry fusion of veggies cooked with tempeh in a tamari miso sauce. Be sure to try the mouth-watering vegan, old-fashioned chocolate cake. Café Sunflower can be visited in both Buckhead and Sandy Spring. Phone: 404-352-8859
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At Yeah burger, they pride themselves on keeping it real by serving food with no chemicals and no heavy processing, from farmers they know, from animals that are humanely treated, respecting the environment. Most of the ingredients are organic, and when not organic then locally sourced. Even their artisan buns are locally made by the H&F Bread Company with organic flour, hormone-free milk and cage-free eggs.
There is great attention to every detail, and not only is their food healthy, it’s delicious, freshly prepared and diverse. Their mid-town location is crisp and spacious, with an industrial vibe and a lovely patio space. Customers make their own sandwiches choosing between grass-fed beef, organic bison, turkey, organic chicken, vegan or vegetarian options. There is also a large choice of vegetables, sauces, buns and cheese. Besides sodas, they offer cocktails, wine and beer.
Contact: 1168 Howell Mill Road Suite E, Atlanta, Georgia 30318, .Phone: 404-496-4393
Photo: Yeah Burger
For some of the best burgers in town, Farm Burger will not disappoint. Made from dry-aged, grass fed beef with a variety of delicious toppings and sides, burgers are served in a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere in three locations across the city: Buckhead, Decateur, and Dunwoody. Dig into freshly made meat and veggie burgers; golden, crispy thick-cut fries; and fresh garden salads. Burgers can be chosen from any of the excellent selections off the menu or built-up according to your tastes. Pair your burger with a thick milkshake, soda or an array of wine and beer. Farm Burger also caters for private events and functions, offering a choice of handmade burgers according to your needs.
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»Morelli's Gourmet Ice Cream & Desserts
With over 200 flavors of densely textured ice cream, homemade in small batches, Morelli's is one of Atlanta's favorite indulgences. With two Atlanta locations, and one in Dunwoody, Morelli's offers counter and window service and nice patio seating outside. It is a popular destination among neighbors looking for a sweet, and not so sweet, treat.
They specialize in alternative flavors including Coconut Jalapeno, Dark Chocolate Chili, and Ginger Lavender, even once going so far as creating a tomato cheesecake ice cream bun. Salted Caramel is by far the most popular flavor, but definitely not the most outrageous. They also make fabulous frozen cakes and pies.
Contact: 749 Moreland Ave SE, Atlanta, Georgia 30316, .Phone: 404-622-0210
»Fox Bros Bar-B-Q
Owned by Texan brothers, Jonathan and Justin Fox, Fox Bros Bar-B-Q brings the spice and heat of Texas to the streets of Atlanta. Beginning as a friendly backyard gathering with good friends, great music, and excellent barbecue, the informal get-together turned into cooking for over 250 people and Fox Bros Bar-B-Q was born. Located on Dekalb Avenue in the Candler Park neighborhood, the prominent eatery has become a Southern staple with favorites on the menu like pulled pork; beef brisket and rib sandwiches; smoked chicken and a variety of sides from Frito pie to baked beans. Wash it down with any of their seven craft beers on tap or any of their 40+ bottle beers.
Photo: Fox Bros Bar-B-Q
»Alon's Bakery and Market
Alon’s Bakery and Market is a laid-back and friendly neighborhood bakery, grocer and wine bar featuring prepared foods, freshly brewed coffee and homemade gelato. A sibling of the Dunwoody, the Virginia Highland bakery and sandwich shop boasts an unrivalled selection of sweet and savory pastries and pies, freshly prepared meals and salads, a variety of imported and local cheeses and a fantastic choice of wines. A comfortable and cozy outdoor patio is ideal for enjoying brunch or lunch in the sun, or simply savor coffee while catching up on the news. Things to Do in Atlanta
Photo: Alon's Bakery and Market
»Victory Sandwich Bar
Serving delicious handmade sandwiches until 2 a.m., Victory Sandwich Bar is the place to go for an excellent lunch or an anytime snack. Part deli, part pub and full of character, Victory not only offers a place to enjoy affordable, creative sandwiches but boasts a full bar serving wine, beer, cocktails and innovative slushies made of Jack Daniel’s and Coke. To add to the vibe is a ping-pong table where you can work it all off. The menu showcases a few favorites such as a Hambo, which is stacked with prosciutto, mozzarella, arugula and thinly sliced apple, or unusual creations like the Victory at Sea - white anchovies, frisée, and lemon mayo.
Photo: Victory Sandwich Bar
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10 Must-Try Lunch & Dessert Spots in Atlanta
- Seed Kitchen & Bar, Photo: Seed Kitchen & Bar
- Poor Calvin's, Photo: Poor Calvin's
- Bocado, Photo: Bocado
- Cafe Sunflower, Photo: Cafe Sunflower
- Yeah Burger, Photo: Yeah Burger
- Farm Burger, Photo: Farm Burger
- Morelli's Gourmet Ice Cream & Desserts, Photo: Morelli's
- Fox Bros Bar-B-Q, Photo: Fox Bros Bar-B-Q
- Alon's Bakery and Market, Photo: Alon's Bakery and Market
- Victory Sandwich Bar, Photo: Victory Sandwich Bar
- Cover Photo: Courtesy of luciano mortula - Fotolia.com
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